"[The Republicans] continue to shoot themselves in the foot on small symbolic things. So, a couple of weeks ago, Mark [Shields] and I were exercised about an attack on a treaty about the disabled abroad, a trivial thing in which they just looked like idiots. This week, Tom Coburn wants to defund political science. Well, defunding a university discipline is just — it saves you no money and it sends an anti-intellectual message. And so it’s these little symbolic things that makes you think, oh, those Republicans are weird. And so that remains a problem."